Prince Philip’s funeral music has subtle tribute to Princess Diana as pair had special bond

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Prince Philip’s has made a subtle tribute to the late Princess Diana with his choice of funeral music.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who died age 99 on Friday 9 April, organised his funeral years before his death and chose a number of details including the vehicle taking his coffin and the music in the ceremony.

After the order of service was released by the Royal Family on Friday 16 April, it has appeared that the Duke decided to make a subtle tribute to the late Princess Diana in his choice of music.

One of the songs that will play at the service includes Rhosymedre by Vaughn Williams.

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The emotional and traditional folk sone was also played at his daughter-in-law Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 as well as the weddings of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011 and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials in 2018.

Prince Philip, who also honoured his beloved uncle Lord Mountbatten in his choice of music at the service, is understood to have had a special bond with Princess Diana.

The pair wrote letters to one another and Philip went out of his way to make Diana feel welcome in the Royal Family.

He signed off his letters to Harry and William’s mother by writing: “With fondest love, Pa”.

Prince Philip is also said to have been “determined” to save Prince Charles and Diana’s marriage and wrote “tough but tender letters”, according to his biographer.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s biographer Gyles Brandreth said he and the Queen urged the couple to compromise when their marriage had been rocky.

In an article with the Mail Online, Gyles claimed the Queen and Prince Philip “counselled the unhappy couple” to “try to work together to revive their marriage”.

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Gyles claimed that when Diana and Charles went their separate ways, the Duke of Edinburgh “used letters to show he cared” and wrote to her in a “sympathetic, but unsentimental” way to “confront his daughter-in-law with home truths” and “invite her to think about marriage long and hard”.

It’s understood Diana was incredibly vulnerable, Gyles has claimed, when she exchanged the letters with the Duke of Edinburgh.

She shared them with Rosa Monckton, then managing director of Tiffany’s in London who has previously said: “When the letters came they caused excitement and alarm at the same time. Diana was very up and down.

“Something he said might make her cry, something might make her laugh. She very often got the wrong end of the stick, misinterpreting what he meant.

“We went through each letter so carefully, thinking about what he said, talking about it, explaining it to her.”

The pair exchanged notes for more than a year and it’s been claimed Diana understood that Prince Philip was trying to help.

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